A big birthday

April 12, 2016

Lawrence Transit System celebrated its 15-year anniversary not long ago. And one of its riders recently reached a much bigger milestone. Alice Leonard, a regular bus rider, celebrated her 100th birthday on April 1.

Friends gathered at the American Legion to help Alice mark the occasion. Transit system staff member Emily Lubliner presented Alice with a certificate of appreciation, as well as two T Lift punch cards for future rides.

Jim Tramba, one of the paratransit drivers who enjoys taking Alice to her appointments, also attended the event. Tramba says it’s a delight to drive Alice around, whether he’s taking her to the Community Mercantile for shopping or to the Community Building for a workout. “Coming down the driveway, she always has a genuine, gentle smile,” he said.

Alice moved to Lawrence when she was two years old. After attending Lawrence public schools, she went on to study biology at KU. She graduated with a master’s degree in 1939. She was later married and had three sons.

Friends and family surrounded Alice during the celebration at the American Legion, where she still dances every Thursday night. “It was a personal honor for me to represent all the drivers and to present Alice with a card to congratulate her,” said bus driver Jim Tramba.

All the bus drivers and staff of Lawrence Transit System wish Alice a very happy birthday. She continues to be actively engaged in the Lawrence community, and the bus helps her get there.